Coronavirus Updates / Actualización sobre Coronavirus

 
 
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Latest Announcements: April 8th, 2020

Covid19 Status in Chelsea
There are now 356 confirmed Covid-19 patients in Chelsea.  All of these fellow residents are now in isolation. Our prayers are with them for a full and quick recovery. 38 patients have now recovered but 8 have died. The City is terribly saddened by the loss of life occurring as a result of the COVID-19 virus, here and among our neighbors. Unfortunately, we know the virus is widespread, and for at least the foreseeable future, these numbers will continue to grow daily.  Our best weapon against the spread of this virus, and the terrible toll it is taking, is compliance with physical distancing rules. We urge you to comply.

Online Workshops
The Chelsea Collaborative is offering online workshops this week about public education, the 2020 Census, and city resources during this crisis. See the schedule here. Contact the Chelsea Collaborative at 617-889-6080 to learn how to participate.

Coronavirus: Panel for Parents to address stress and coping
April 8, 2020, 6 p.m.
Watch it on Chelsea Community Cable (Comcast Channel 22) and Facebook Live

Important Update on all tax bills, excise bills, water/sewer bills, and parking tickets.
The due date for ALL city payments and applications has been extended to June 1, 2020.  This policy applies to all bills with a due date on or after March 10, 2020.   June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if you received a bill that said the due date for payment is earlier than that. This extension applies to all of the below:

  • real property tax bills
  • personal property tax bills
  • applications for property tax exemptions
  • parking stickers applications and renewals
  • parking tickets
  • parking ticket appeals
  • excise tax bills
  • water and sewer bills

Important Update on Deadline for Statutory Tax Exemption Requests : The deadline for statutory tax exemptions, with a previous due date of April 1, 2020, will now be extended to June 1, 2020.  However, the property tax abatement deadline, which was Feb. 3, 2020 is not affected by this change and was NOT altered.

If you have another bill and you are not sure if the deadline is extended, please call 617-466-4209 to confirm.

Note that all payments and applications are due by June 1, 2020. This deadline will not be extended even if City Hall is still closed on June 1st.   However, the City will extend a grace period for late payments.   Payments made after June 1, 2020 but before June 30, 2020 will be accepted without penalty or interest.

We encourage you to pay all bills by mail or online.  DO NOT access the City's on-line payment platform via Google or other internet providers.  Please go directly to www.chelseama.gov and click on the link for Online Services. We anticipate that City Hall will reopen significantly before the deadline in order to accept cash payments.

Reminder about Parks and Playgrounds
All childrens' playground areas, all basketball/tennis courts and all athletic fields are closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Some large recreation areas remain open in the City, but public use is limited to passive recreation such as walking and jogging, and only provided that social and physical distancing rules (six feet away from others) are followed.  No athletic activities that bring participants into close physical contact are allowed, even when involving 10 or fewer people.

School Meal Program Changes
Will no longer have meal services at Saint Rose starting this week.
Next week we will reduce our site locations to the following:

  • Early Learning Center
  • MCB Complex
  • Williams School
  • Clark Ave School
  • Voke Park

Meals will be served on Good Friday and during our April vacation.

MGH Chelsea Opens Respiratory Illness Clinic
The MGH Chelsea Health Center has now opened a new Respiratory Illness Clinic (RIC) to evaluate patients with respiratory symptoms and determine whether they can be treated safely in the outpatient setting. The RIC is designed to serve patients who are seen at MGH health centers in Chelsea, Revere, Charlestown and Everett, however, it is open to all – MGH patients or not – and regardless of their health insurance status and their immigration status. Make an appointment through your MGH doctor or call 617-724-7000.

The Chelsea clinic marks the third RIC that is seeing, screening and testing patients as part of our COVID-19 response. RIC patients are those who have acute respiratory symptoms along with risk factors for severe illness. An evaluation at the RIC will determine whether a patient can be managed at home or requires ED care or inpatient admission. Testing for COVID-19 is available, but only for those who meet the current testing criteria. Patients who test positive will receive further guidance on home supportive care and protecting their loved ones from exposure. They will also receive follow-up calls from clinical staff at designated intervals. In Chelsea, medical interpreters are available for multiple languages. RIC visits are by appointment and walk-in. The clinic is open from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. Please note, the RIC is located in the Chelsea Health Center (151 Everett Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150), and the recently assembled tent in the parking lot will be used for initial patient screenings in the future.

BIDMC Respiratory Emergent Evaluation Service
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Chelsea is open to treat non-life-threatening emergencies and respiratory illness evaluation.
Visit bidmc.org/locations/chelsea to reserve a time online and spend less time in the waiting room, or call 617-975 -6060.  All patients are screened on arrival and those with respiratory symptoms will be cared for in a separate space. All patients welcome – a BID primary care physician is not required

One Chelsea Fund
The people of Chelsea, Massachusetts need your help urgently.
Chelsea is home to some of the most vulnerable groups in the Boston region: newly-arrived immigrants, undocumented families, non-English speakers, and low-income workers and families with children. As a frontline community, Chelsea residents already experience greater public health challenges. The economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were immediate and dire for the many in Chelsea who live one paycheck away from serious financial hardship. COVID-19 has magnified the ongoing struggles of our community: unstable and unaffordable housing, food insecurity, low wages, lack of English proficiency, and high rates of uninsured.
Please consider donating to The One Chelsea Fund through the United Way. Any and ALL funds raised will go directly to Chelsea families impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. None of the dollars raised will go to any organization and NO Fees will be incurred. ALL Chelsea families will be eligible for a $250 gift card/cash benefit directly from the funds raised through The One Chelsea Fund. https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/the-one-chelsea-fund/

Cloth Mask Recommendation
The CDC has issued a recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings. This recommendation was made after considering recent studies that have shown individuals with the virus who lack symptoms can transmit the virus to others. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings including places where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. See this announcement for how to wear a cloth mask correctly.

The mask recommendation does not replace social distancing, stay at home measures, and hand washing recommendations that remain in effect. These other actions remain vitally important to slowing the spread of the virus. Learn more at the CDC website. cdc.gov/coronavirus

Covid-19 Symptom Self-Checker
CDC’s new digital Coronavirus Self-Checker, called Clara, can help you decide when to call your doctor. Remember, if you’re sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, take steps like covering your coughs to protect others. Start using the Clara tool here: https://bit.ly/39FsmaJ

Two weeks of high risk
All indications are that the virus spread will be especially dangerous in the next two weeks.  We urge all residents of Chelsea to STAY HOME at all hours unless you work in an Essential Business, or have essential travel to do, such as getting groceries or medicine.  STAYING HOME and maintaining physical distance from others is the only way to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus in the community.  Your life, and the lives of your neighbors, depends upon your cooperation.

New Financial Resources for Residents and Businesses
Please check our pages Assistance for Residents in Need and Information for Businesses and Residents for updates.

Beware of Stimulus Check Scams
Congress has approved a stimulus plan that will provide most Americans with a check to offset lost income due to the Covid-19 state of emergency. Check will be sent in a few weeks. This means that you will receive a direct deposit check to your bank account (if you included that information when filing your last tax return) or a paper check that will be mailed to you.
 
Scammers are already trying to take advantage of this situation.
 How to Spot a COVID-19 Federal stimulus scam:

  • Government agencies will not contact you through social media, phone, text or email.
  • Government agencies will not ask you to verify your personal information or provide banking details. It is not "necessary" to provide this information in order to receive your stimulus check.
  • Government agencies will not ask for your social security number.
  • Government agencies will not contact you to get your funds "immediately" or "faster".
  • Government agencies will not ask you to pay a "processing fee".

If a scammer calls or contacts you, don't engage. You should just hang up or delete the email. Do not click on any links.

WATCH OUT FOR: Imposter Government websites. Make sure it is a legitimate government website before believing any information provided to you. When in doubt, assume it is a scam. Legitimate government websites: www.irs.gov/coranovirus and https://home.treasury.gov/

REPORT SCAMS TO: Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftc.gov/

Businesses must accept cash
The Massachusetts Attorney General reminds businesses that it is illegal to refuse cash in Massachusetts. Businesses should take thoughtful measures to keep their employees and consumers safe, but our economy should remain open to everyone. Not everyone has a credit card and no one should face barriers to accessing necessary goods and services.

Masks for Sale

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chelsea Collaborative was supporting a group of jornaleros (day laborers) to launch a worker-owned tailoring cooperative in Chelsea for entrepreneurial immigrants in search of economic opportunity. They have now come together to support community crisis responders and help undocumented families in Chelsea weather the financial crisis. The jornaleros are sewing proper masks to protect Chelsea's community response organizations from the spread of the virus. Masks are being sold for $10 each and the proceeds are going to support undocumented families who are not eligible for unemployment benefits. 300 masks have already been sewn and distributed with more on the way. Individuals can purchase masks as well. To purchase any masks, you may place an order via email, please provide your name, phone number, address and number of masks by contacting: sylviar@chelseacollab.org and then via Cash App: $ChelseaCollaborative.

Blood Donations Needed
With the increase in people needing medical assistance during the pandemic there is a critical need for blood as well. If you are able, please contact the Red Cross to make an appointment or look for upcoming opportunities to donate at MGH-Chelsea.

Call for Volunteers
The Chelsea Pandemic Response Team is looking for volunteers to help with food distribution, elder and neighbor wellness check-ins, supplies, mental health supports, covid-19 updates/education, and more. Learn more and sign up here.